Learn English – ‘Act Naturally’, is it an oxymoron?

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To act is to put up a facade, yet when put together with natural, it contradicts each other. Yet this phrase is used frequently.

"Now, Tom, remember to act natural in front of the examiner and do not be nervous!"

Best Answer

According to Merriam Webster, one meaning of the verb "act" is "behave". "Behave naturally" doesn't seem quite so contradictory.